Asbestos discovered in primary school building
Pupils and staff not exposed but removal work to start
A Renfrewshire primary school building is to undergo major reconstruction after it was found to contain dangerous asbestos.
Council chiefs are negotiating the overhaul after traces of the substance were detected in the infrastructure of Bridge of Weir Primary School.
A recommendation was made to enter into improvement works, in order to bring the building in line with current regulatory standards.
Councillors will consider the awarding of the construction works contract at the Finance, Resources and Customer Services Board next week.
If approved, work will begin during the school summer holidays to upgrade the buildings electrical wiring, remove asbestos, re- construct ceilings and improve infrastructure.
Asbestos can be found in many buildings built before 2000 – including houses, factories, offices, schools and hospitals – and the chemical causes around 5,000 deaths every year.
The Government’s Health and Safety Executive say there is no minimum threshold below which a person exposed to asbestos is at zero risk of obtaining lung cancer.
Renfrewshire Council insist that the health of teachers and pupils is not in jeopardy.
A spokesperson said: “The asbestos identified at Bridge of Weir Primary is small amounts of residue and debris and is not considered dangerous, as it is enclosed within the ceiling void and can’t be accessed or disturbed by staff or pupils.
“There are specific well- established procedures in place to carry out such work safely and all asbestos removal is carried out in accordance with current guidelines by fully licensed contractors and monitored by the council’s asbestos management team.
“At no time would pupils or staff be exposed to asbestos and, following the removal, an independent analytical company would be commissioned to carry out clearance procedures, including air tests, prior to the area being reoccupied.”
The works will cost almost £600,000 and are expected to last around 21 weeks, with the project commencing in summer.
Clark Contracts Ltd is likely to receive the tender after it beat out 18 other companies who expressed an interest.
The builder will provide one work experience placement to someone aged 14 to 16 while work is ongoing and will also host a careers event.
Upgrade Work will begin on Bridge of Weir Primary over the school summer holidays